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Rafiq ‘incredibly proud’ of Majid, Qasim for speaking up on racism

Azeem

Rafiq

mentioned he was “incredibly proud” of former Scotland cricketers

Majid Haq

and Qasim

Sheikh

for speaking out in regards to the racist abuse they’d suffered of their careers, which led to a damning assessment into Cricket Scotland.

The assessment, which was backed by

SportScotland

, was printed on Monday and mentioned the governance and management practices of Cricket Scotland have been “institutionally racist”.

It was commissioned after Haq and Sheikh spoke out in regards to the abuse they’d suffered, with each gamers saying they have been handled in a different way as a result of color of their pores and skin.

Rafiq, whose allegations of institutional

racism

at

Yorkshire

rocked English cricket final yr, careworn the significance of reaching out to people who had suffered abuse earlier than shifting ahead.

“I’m just incredibly proud of them and everyone else that played a part in the review,” Rafiq advised Sky Sports on Monday. “I hope today gives them some sense of closure and that they’ve been fully vindicated.”

“There’s a lot of people that have suffered a lot of abuse over a lot of years,” Rafiq mentioned.

“There’s got to be an attempt to build those bridges back, speak to them, re-engage them, apologise. Once that is done, and only then, it’s important to look to the future – and how we do that.”

After Rafiq spoke in regards to the discrimination he confronted whereas at Yorkshire, the British authorities backed calls to restrict public funding for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) until they have been in a position to reveal progress in getting rid of racism.

However, Rafiq mentioned chopping Cricket Scotland’s funding was not essential at this stage.

“If there’s an acceptance and an apology, then they need to be supported to make sure the change comes, and comes quicker,” Rafiq mentioned.

“If things don’t change and if there’s a resistance to change, then I think at that point SportScotland need to come down a lot harsher.”


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